Joining the 7&4 team is a home coming for Lourin. Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Lourin has grown up loving all things Michigan.
While the “D” is home, it’s the beauty and culture of northern Michigan Lourin loves most.
Anchoring 7&4 News Today is a dream come true for Lourin, who has been in the news business for more than a decade.
After graduating from Kalamazoo College (Go Hornets!) as a theatre major, Lourin made the move to the Big Apple to pursue the world of television as part of the elite NBC Page Program.
Lourin got her “big break” during that time when she accidentally walked in front of a rolling camera during a live taping of the Today Show and Al Roker poked fun at her on-air.
After her time with Today, Lourin went on to work for Saturday Night Live working in the talent department securing guest and musical acts weekly.
Lourin quickly realized she’d been bitten by the “news bug” and transitioned to a role started hiring and recruiting news talent for NBC Universal.
Eventually, Lourin made the leap to on-air reporting, moving to St. Joseph, Missouri where she anchored and reported for The Midland Empire. With a deep drive to connect with her community, Lourin fell in love with telling stories that revolved around people. During her time in Missouri, it was spending weeks on the ground after EF-5 tornado ripped apart the Joplin community, that impacted Lourin most. Watching this community lift each other at its worst, touched her heart.
From Missouri, Lourin then transitioned back home to Michigan, working for WMMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Helping get a non-profit, Talons Out Honor Flight off the ground, covering stories of World War II veterans taking a trip to the nation’s capitol for free, where life changing, and earned Lourin five Emmy awards during her time in West Michigan. Lourin is a firm believer that the stories of our veterans are ones that need to be told, to preserve this time in American history.
While in Kalamazoo, Lourin also launched a non-profit – The State Trooper Outreach Partnership (S.T.O.P.) – with a group of friends and troopers with The Michigan State Police. S.T.O.P. raises money to help troopers provide assistance to those in need in the community. S.T.O.P. is now a staple in West Michigan and looks to expand across the state in 2019.
Aside from her family, including two adorable and lively nephews, Lourin’s true love (and extended family) are the awe-inspiring athletes of Special Olympics. It’s these athletes ability to push outside of their own comfort zone, that inspires Lourin daily. She’s lucky to call these brave men and women dear friends and serves as a coach, cheerleader and endless fan to this group with intellectual disabilities. When Lourin is not at work, she loves spending time and sharing smiles with this crew.
A self-proclaimed “cat lady,” Lourin – an animal lover of all kinds – lives with her three-legged cat, Tres. She considers the peaks of Sleeping Bear Dunes “heaven on earth.” A snow bunny, Lourin lives for snow waiting to breakout her snowshoes or skis. Lourin lives for great coffee, any kind of fizzy water and thinks black jelly beans are the best in the bunch.
Lourin is a trained fire eater.